Theosophy News Worldwide 1st Quarter 2014



steven ottoDear friends of Theosophy,

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Steven Otto
Editor of Theosophy World News

PS: My article-tip in this issue is the article by David Reigle, "The Book of Dzyan: The Current State of the Evidence" which you can find in the category "News and articles on theosophical sites".

There are seven sections:


The election of the International President of the TS-Adyar

TS Adyar in America

Tim Boyd Nominated for International President
Jim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, has been nominated to run for president of the international TS, headquartered in Adyar, Chennai, India. The position had been vacated by the death of the previous president, Radha Burnier, on October 31.
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Mixed publisers

Information about the two candidates
Tim Boyd's Bio and the bio of the second Nominee Mr. Maithreya on his website, there are also some older interviews with the canditates here Mr. Boyd and here Mr. Maithreya (scroll down) and another Interview with Tim Boyd about his mentor on Theosophy Forward, on Facebook: Tim Boyd, Chaganti V K Maithreya

The Theosophical Society in Espania

Candidates for Election of President International
Once the term expired January 10 nominations for candidates for International President, the International Secretary of the Theosophical Society has reported that CVK Maithreya, India, and Tim Boyd, United States of America are the candidates for the next election of International President.
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The Singapore Lodge Theosophical Society

Our Duty to Elect The Eighth International President
Some members may feel that it does not matter whether or not they vote or that their single vote would not make the least difference to the result or are simply indifferent to the occasion...
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Dave’s Theosophy News Board

Good Campaign Pitch Mr Singhal
Everyone has to shut up except you. Take over at Adyar and start putting some policy proposals in the official journal. Not bad against silent opposition...
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Quote: "And as such, the Personal Ego, becoming at one with its divine parent, shares in the immortality of the latter. Otherwise.... " from the article "Psychic and Noetic Action" by H. P. Blavatsky published in Lucifer Oct./Nov. 1890


Outer Precariousness & Inner Compassion
For someone who worked for a long time with public policies regarding law enforcement in environmental issues, the degree of institutional precariousness everyone can see in the modern theosophical movement, since 1875, is not irrelevant.
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Dave’s Theosophy News Board

Another Family Job at Adyar
Below is a copy of an Adyar Estate management decree of January 30th 2014 confirming Mr S Harihara Raghavan’s daughter, Ms H Sripriya as Manager, Co-ordination at the Adyar Estate for four months, with immediate effect.
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Theosophy Watch

Knots of the Heart
That all humans possess an immortal soul is a common belief of humanity, but to this Theosophy adds we do not just ‘have’ souls, but each of us is a soul..
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On the process of discipleship
Letter by W.Q.J. Says That Any Person Can Constitute Himself a Lay Chela, William Q. Judge
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Creep On! General Council
Or why don’t you do something to recover Adyar for the member?
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Alice Bailey and her Christianised Pseudo-Theosophy
The following first appeared in “Theosophical Notes” for September 1963. It was written by the American Theosophist Victor Endersby as part of his “A Study of the Arcane School of Alice A. Bailey".
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Music Through Theosophy
The Utah-based string quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, will be touring the UK May 6 - 9 2014, performing a concert that “explores the connections between music and Theosophy as part of the Leverhulme-funded network Enchanted Modernities
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The Book of Dzyan: The Current State of the Evidence
An article titled so, was published in Brahmavidyā: The Adyar Library Bulletin, Supplement, 2013, pp. 87-120.* Because of its direct relevance to the purpose of this blog, it is posted here, and may be accessed by clicking on the title.
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Northwest Branch of the Theosophical Society

Newsletter March 2014 – Vol. 17 Issue 1
Two Topics: Racism and Religion and Accepting Uncertainty and Change
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The Impersonal Divine
Since Theosophy believes that there is no valid reason or legitimate excuse whatsoever for divine truth or spiritual philosophy to be illogical, irrational, self-contradictory, or foolish...
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Blavatsky News
The Canadian Encyclopedia, exhibition from February 7 to May 9 at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, UK, Theatreview, the New Zealand performing arts review, covers the opening of "Madame Blavatsky and The Astral Light"
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The Theosophical Society in Australia

Ed Abdill ~ 2014 National Tour
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The disgrace of materialism or: the main task of the theosophical movement
Today's modern western society lives with an unimaginable large and fateful disgrace, so large, that it seems to be invisible!
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Theosophie Watch

You Already know Your Karma
Esoteric philosophy views Past, Present and Future as compound time, and only from our waking, egoic state of consciousness.
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Theosophy and the Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, in its numerous English translations, is one of the best selling and most popular books in the genre of spirituality.
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Charles Johnston Online
The name of Charles Johnston (1867-1931) may not be as well-known as that of other nineteenth century theosophists...
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From the Bottom Up
The Theosophical Society, Adyar, is going through an important transitional period.
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Theosophy Online Worldwide
An up to date overview of theosophical website's worldwide (society's, organisations, blogs, forums, research sites, social-media-groups etc.)
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The Two Paths
We often use such phrases as “the spiritual path” or “the path of spiritual progress.” Sometimes we say that we are “treading” or “following” the path. But did you know that there are actually TWO PATHS?
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An article from a London newspaper (Piccadilly) 2nd November 1888
Meeting Madame Blavatsky: Madame Blavatsky is well advanced in years, and physically very infirm, so that she seldom goes beyond her own rooms, but every Saturday afternoon and evening her house is open to all who may be...
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The Society: Adyar, Where Do We Go from Here?
Theosophy has to fight intolerance, prejudice, ignorance and selfishness, hidden under the mantle of hypocrisy. It has to throw all the light it can from the torch of Truth, with which its servants are entrusted.
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The Future ? of The Adyar Theosophical Society
I can understand the dismay amongst established members at the prospect of the Adyar based Theosophical Society breaking up but sadly I can't see it continuing in its present form. Radha Burnier's leadership originated in a more deferential era and she...
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Commentaries to the Golden Stairs: Observing Fourteen Ideas That Sum Up the Theosophical Path
here are - scattered all over the world - experienced students of theosophy who have dedicated their whole lives to the search for truth. Many of them are of the opinion that the future of the theosophical movement does not depend on superficial issues like propaganda, money, or political power.
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Judge Day 2014
William Quan Judge was born in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1851. His family emigrated in 1864 to New York where he specialized in corporate law (New York State Bar, 1872).
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TS in Southern Africa

The term Hermetic is from Latin hermeticus, derived from the name of the Greek god, Hermes (and later the Roman God Mercury). Hermeticism is the esoteric and occult tradition associated with the writings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus (Trismegistus = thrice – great).
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Adyar Theosophical Society: Protocol of the General Council Meeting, Dec 2013
I am sure that all members will by now have received copies of the minutes of the 2013 General Council meeting but in case any member hasn’t yet seen them, here they are anyway.
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Quote: "To be true, religion and philosophy must offer the solution of every problem. That the world is in such a bad condition morally is a conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies--those of the civilized races less than any other--have ever possessed the TRUTH. The right and logical explanations on the subject of the problems of the great dual principles, right and wrong, good and evil, liberty and despotism, pain and pleasure, egotism and altruism, are as impossible to them now as they were 1880 years ago. They are as far from the solution as they ever were, but. . . . "To these there must be somewhere a consistent solution, and if our doctrines will show their competence to offer it, then the world will be the first one to confess, that ours must be the true philosophy, the true religion, the true light, which gives truth and nothing but the TRUTH. . . ."

From the article "The Theosophical Society: Its Mission and Its Future" by H. P. Blavatsky, published in Lucifer, August 1888 and especially this paragraph HPB has quoted from the so-called "Maha Cohan Letter".


Theosophy, The Jesuits & The Roman Catholic Church
We cast our gauntlet at the dogmatic theologians who would enslave both history and science; and especially at the Vatican, whose despotic pretensions have become hateful to the greater portion of enlightened Christendom.” – H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
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The Public Domain Review

Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia
Grounded in the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Thought-Forms (1901) is an odd and intriguing work.
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Is Following Your Religion a Good Way to Live?
Faith is not reserved for the religious, nor does any religion have a monopoly on it. To the contrary, at one level, faith is a common and important psychological coping mechanism used every moment of our lives to allow us to function as normally as possible.
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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott: Commemorate 107 Years of Death Anniversary
Henry Steel Olcott was born in 2nd August, 1832, into a pious Presbyterian household in Orange, New Jersey. In his teens he attended the College of the City of New York and Columbia University. At the age of twenty, he became a convert to spiritualism.
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Art-Exhibition of Theosophy inspired Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) in Hamburg until Mai 2014
read more (german) on Blavatsky News in english

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Quote: "He who does not practice no Theosophist." from the book "Practical Occultism" by H. P. Blavatsky


Theosophical Society in America

President's Diary
February 2014

Theosophy UK

Theosophy UK Summer School review from Chester uni 2013
FA few clips from SS 2013,The Theosophical Summer School is an annual event and is open to members of the public who are interested in, and who wish to pursue knowledge of the mysteries of being.

ULT Bethesda

Alaya, the great Soul
This is an intelligent universe. Pythagorean system. There is that One and from that One everything else evolves. Fire, air, water and earth are now visible, Akasha is now invisible but will become visible.
watch or See other Vides of ULT Bethesda

Theosophy Delhi

Relevance of Theosophy in Self Realization
Talk given by Dr. Rajiv Gupta on 8th December 2013 at National Memorial Museum and Library,Teen Murti Bhawan, New Delhi in the Conference of 13th National Congress of Spiritual Scientists.

International Theosophical Centre Naarden

Promotiemateriaal over het Centrum met dank aan Stichting ISIS

Have a look what can be found under the keyword "Theosophy" on Youtube.

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